World of Warcraft players have long wanted the ability to own and decorate houses in Blizzard’s MMORPG, but it won’t be coming with the game’s newly announced Dragonflight expansion. In various interviews, game director Ion Hazzikostas has explained why.
The short version is that player housing would be a huge undertaking, and while there is broad support for it both among the development team and players, it would be a ton of work while also needing to fit in thematically with the theme of any given expansion.
“Putting together any of the packages of features for an expansion, it’s a mix of what thematically suits the expansion, what’s going to appeal to different types of players, but also what would be required to deliver that feature at the level that players expect and deserve, and what would we have to give up to make that happen… and player housing is a big one,” Hazzikostas said in an interview with WoW content creator Hazelnutty. “It’s one of those things to do right… it’s a big project, a big undertaking, and I would argue that if we were to do it, it would probably have to span multiple expansions–it’s a large enough feature just from the art.”
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